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Clubhouse International Accreditation™ is a symbol of qualityClubhouse Accreditation Icon – a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence. Today, 71% of our Clubhouses are Accredited, compared to just 46% in 2014. These Clubhouses proudly display this icon and are universally recognized as operating with a high level of compliance with the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs.™

To start or renew your Clubhouse International Accreditation, click on the word Portal in the upper right-hand corner of this web page, and login to your Clubhouse International account.

The Clubhouse Accreditation Process Overview

(click here to view the Accreditation Process in detail)

Accreditation is a research-based quality assurance program designed to ensure successful outcomes for Clubhouses and their members. Achieving and maintaining accreditation is a requirement for a Clubhouse's membership in Clubhouse International.

The Accreditation process is both evaluative and consultative. Accreditation is awarded for either a one- or three-year period, subject to the degree of adherence by the Clubhouse to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs™. It is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International Faculty, which is composed of veteran members and staff from Accredited Clubhouses around the world. Together, we oversee a rigorous process that includes:

Crossroads Cape Breton, Canada: Accreditation Helps Create a Thriving Employment World Within Your Clubhouse

By Colleen Cann MacKenzie, Director

Our Clubhouse was not thriving 5 years ago, especially in relation to our employment efforts. Our 2010 Accreditation report described us as being “diverted from our primary goal of providing a strong and accessible employment function.” We ‘Rediscovered our Club’ in 2012… and committed to creating a vibrant Work-Ordered Day.”


The Accreditation Process in Detail

Step One: The Self-Study

Members and staff of the entire Clubhouse work together to prepare for the Accreditation visit, evaluating the Clubhouse performance in relationship to the Standards. Each area of the Clubhouse is reviewed and discussed at community meetings, unit meetings, and other special forums convened to prepare for Accreditation. The result of the self-study process is a written report from the Clubhouse to Clubhouse International and the consulting team, describing the Clubhouse and its areas of strength and relative weakness, as seen by the members and staff.

In this process, the Clubhouse begins to identify aspects of the program which they would like to improve. The Self-Study facilitates a sense of ownership and teamwork amongst the members and staff at the Clubhouse, is a vehicle for increasing understanding about the Clubhouse model, assists each individual to better understand his/her specific role in the success of the Clubhouse, promotes consensus-building about improving the Clubhouse in relation to the Standards, generates a sense of empowerment for both members and staff at the Clubhouse, becomes the foundation for strategic improvement in the operation of the Clubhouse, and provides the Clubhouse International Faculty team with a place to begin the consultation.

Step Two: The Site Visit

The Accreditation visits are made by members of Clubhouse International's Faculty for Clubhouse Development. The Faculty consultants are members and staff from strong Clubhouses around the world. Each Accreditation visit is made by a team of one staff and one member from the Faculty for Clubhouse Development.

After receiving and reviewing the self-study and other relevant materials submitted by the Clubhouse, the Clubhouse International Faculty team visits the Clubhouse for 3-4 days. While on site, the Faculty team confirms the information presented in the self-study, and meets with members, staff, board members and other stakeholders of the Clubhouse. The Faculty team participates in Clubhouse meetings, the work day and other Clubhouse activities. The team visits residential, employment and education sites where the Clubhouse is working with members. The Faculty team evaluates how well the Clubhouse has implemented the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs and provides ongoing consultation to the Clubhouse while on site. During the last day of the visit, the Faculty team makes a verbal presentation to the entire Clubhouse community on their findings, highlighting both areas of strength for the Clubhouse and making recommendations for improvement. This verbal report becomes the foundation for the written findings report submitted to Clubhouse International.

Step Three: The Findings Report

After completing the visit to the Clubhouse, the Faculty team prepares a written report of its findings and submits it to Clubhouse International. The content of the report is an expanded version of the verbal report, presented to the Clubhouse community on the last day of the visit. The report includes a detailed description of the Clubhouse, a review of the areas in which the Clubhouse is strong, and a set of specific recommendations about how the Clubhouse can improve and come more fully into compliance with the Standards.

Along with the report, the faculty team submits a recommendation to Clubhouse International regarding Accreditation status for the Clubhouse. The report is then read by at least two experienced staff and/or members at Clubhouse International, and is critically reviewed for clarity, accuracy, helpfulness, and congruence with the recommended Accreditation outcome.

Step Four: Accreditation Status

After reviewing the report and reaching agreement, the faculty team awards one- or three-year Accreditation, or defers Accreditation, and forwards a letter indicating this Accreditation outcome, along with the written report, to the Clubhouse. Accreditation by Clubhouse International is a credential which affirms that a program is in fact operating as a Clubhouse, and is in substantial compliance with the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs.

Clubhouse International Accreditation is awarded for either one or three years. This determination is made based on the extent to which the Clubhouse is complying with the Standards. Accreditation is deferred for those Clubhouses that are significantly out of compliance with the Standards.

Step Five: Ongoing Consultation and Technical Support

Ongoing technical support may continue with the Clubhouse International Faculty team.

Your Clubhouse may also receive ongoing formal support in the form of consultations, etc. from any of the 10 Clubhouse International Training Bases. This service is for "at-cost" with fees established accordingly.

Plus: Employment Guidelines

The Employment Guidelines are used by Clubhouse International Accreditation Faculty as part of the process of reviewing the entire spectrum of opportunities provided by a Clubhouse community. The Faculty recognizes that each Clubhouse is unique, and considers employment in the context of the individual circumstances of each Clubhouse. Click here for the Employment Guidelines.

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